July 30, 2022

Prayer for Saturday from A New Zealand Prayer Book

Giver of the present, hope for the future:
save us from the time of trial.
When prophets warn us of doom,
of catastrophe and of suffering beyond belief,
then, God, free us from our helplessness,
and deliver us from evil.
Save us from our arrogance and folly,
for you are God who created the world;
you have redeemed us and you are our salvation. Amen.


Psalm 76

In Judah is God known; *

his Name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle, *

and his dwelling is in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows, *

the shield, the sword, and the weapons of battle.
How glorious you are! *

more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
The strong of heart have been despoiled;
they sink into sleep; *

none of the warriors can lift a hand.
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, *

both horse and rider lie stunned.
What terror you inspire! *

who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you pronounced judgment; *

the earth was afraid and was still;
When God rose up to judgment *

and to save all the oppressed of the earth.
Truly, wrathful Edom will give you thanks, *

and the remnant of Hamath will keep your feasts.
Make a vow to the Lord your God and keep it; *

let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.
He breaks the spirit of princes, *

and strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

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